“What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how He works.”
– Matthew 6:30-33 (MSG)
God is always giving, giving, giving to His children. He is constantly pouring out to us all day long: morning, noon, and night, whether it’s love or affection, wisdom or knowledge, material goods like food, clothing, money, jobs, raises, bonuses, or any need or godly desire you can think of! When we obsess over trying to obtain these things, we become distracted from the fact that God already has them and desires to give them to us. Sometimes the enemy makes us become ungrateful for what we can’t obtain, instead of rejoicing in what we already have and in what God is already going to give to us.
But many of us seem to have a hard time with a key ingredient to truly receiving God’s best: patience.
2 Peter 1:6 says to “add perseverance to your self-control.” Patience takes self-control, and self-control takes perseverance. All of these come into play when we have to restrain ourselves from chasing after the things that we want so badly. Trusting in God for something in the natural oftentimes will require us to wait longer than we are willing to wait, but your faith can’t grow if you don’t have to hold out longer than you’re comfortable with.
The rest of the verse says, “Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” Don’t let the enemy, or your mind, trick you into thinking you’re missing out, because “the Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him.” (Lamentations 3:25, AMPC)
Your faith can’t grow if you don’t have to hold out longer than you’re comfortable with.
Have you become impatient in the waiting? Have you sought after something else to fill the void?
Ask the Holy Spirit today to help you persevere in the waiting so you can receive the best that God has for you! Whatever it is will come right when you need it.
Pursue your purpose in Him,